Antidepressants are still a controversial subject and these 5 celebrities have all shared their varying opinions about medicating depression. Some suffered from depression themselves and can say from first hand experience that antidepressants have helped them recover. Others believe it can be potentially dangerous to numb emotions and aren’t so sure antidepressants really help. Here are their opinions.
Courtney goes off her antidepressants when she wants to connect with her real passion: “I’m off antidepressants for the moment because my album producer wants me to feel the rage, wants me to be really angry, wants me to face the demons. And I am so f***ing angry! I’m getting back on them as soon as recording the album is finished. I’m not going to punch anybody, but I have to do two hours of exercise and chanting a day to feel good.”
Jon beat depression by combining antidepressants with therapy and says they work: “I did do therapy and antidepressants for a brief period, which helped me. Which is what therapy does: It gives you another perspective when you are so lost in your own spiral. It helps. And honestly? Antidepressants help!You can change your brain chemistry enough to think: ‘I want to get up in the morning; I don’t want to sleep until four in the afternoon. I want to get up and … go to work and …’ Reset the auto-meter, kick-start the engine!”
Kristen does not want to numb any of her feelings and thinks to do so would result in missing something: “Yeah. As far as we know, you have one shot at this and it can be so fucking beautiful, so why lessen the feeling of anything? Why numb yourself? I’m not on antidepressants. I think it’s bizarre.”
Sheryl believes antidepressants have helped her: “I suffer from depression, and at its worst there was a six-month period in my twenties when I couldn’t dress, days when I couldn’t leave the house. Antidepressants helped and so did therapy, but depression is a chemical thing that some people go through. It’s always been part of my life.”
Tom believes medication isn’t the answer to people’s problems: “I know this is controversial. And people don’t have to listen to me. But they should find out about this for themselves. “I really do care about people, and I care about the way their lives are being harmed by these drugs. I’m not saying that women, men, and children don’t come up against problems in life. But drugs aren’t the solution. There’s this huge industry, this machine, pushing us to hurry up and put our kids on drugs. Well, you know what I say to that machine? “I say screw you. Controversy doesn’t bother me, because I know what I’m saying is right.”
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